Cathryn A. Riley, or Cate, made a lasting impact on the Child Care Council of Westchester and the field of early care and education.   She was a program coordinator at the Council.  She was also involved with the New York State Child Care Coordinating Council, now known as the Early Care and Learning Council.   Cate served on the New York State Department of Education Committee for Teacher Certification, the Board of the Westchester Association for the Education for Young Children and the Advisory Board of Westchester Community College.    Following Cate’s death, the Council established a special fund to honor her and her many contributions.

In 2016, the Council launched the Cathryn A. Riley Innovation for Quality Prize to recognize important new improvements in early care and education quality.  Several awards were made to child care resource and referral agencies across the state as well as the Early Care and Learning Council.   The Council is interested in existing or new projects that meet one or more of the following criterion:

  • Involves collaboration with other parties
  • Strengthens business practices
  • Involves working with employers
  • Strengthens professional development

Eligible organizations include OCFS - regulated child care and after school programs, nursery schools that are also licensed by OCFS and child care resource and referral agencies.   Each prize will be funded up to $1,500 depending on the project budget request and availability of funds.

The application deadline is close of business on Friday, April 26, 2019. The awards will be decided by a committe of the Council.

pdfCathryn A. Riley Innovation for Quality Prize Application

For more information, please contact Kathy Halas, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

Juanita Pope HeadshotJuanita Pope, the Child Care Council's Office Manager and Special Events Manager, was chosen to be among a select group of professionals in the nonprofit sector who make up the inaugural class of Nonprofit Westchester's new Emerging Leaders Program. She and 20 other rising stars will meet at a different nonprofit each month of the year to focus on a relevant professional development topic, learn about the host organization, and network. The program, designed to help foster talent among the next generation of nonprofit leaders, launched last week and held its first session at Westhab, Inc.

Juanita shared that she is very excited to participate. "I look forward to getting to know my colleagues and learning more about the many aspects of running a successful organization and what it takes to make a true impact for the populations we serve."

Friday, February 01, 2019

Save the date for Dream Big 2019!

Save the Date for Dream Big 2019!

Our annual celebration will take place the evening of October 3, 2019 at Whitby Castle in Rye.

Westchester Parent Child Care Survey

The Council's annual survey of Westchester parents on their child care experiences yielded evidence once again that safe, quality, affordable child care is beyond the reach of many, negatively impacting their work lives and likely costing employers money:

  • The high cost of child care drives familes into debt - nearly half the respondents had trouble paying their child care bills in the last 6 months
  • Location is the number one consideration for parents when choosing care, far more than the quality of the program
  • Thousands of eligible parents do not know about the child care subsidy offered by the Westchester County Department of Social Services
  • Child care issues greatly diminish work attendance, punctuality, productivity, and retention
  • Child care considerations influence actual employment decisions

The Council can help working parents find reliable, quality child care and in some cases, identify and apply for financial assistance such as the child care subsidy. Parents can contact the Council to speak to an experienced child care counselor at (914) 761-3456 x140.

Employers interested in providing their employees with the Council's services at no cost should contact Nicole Masucci at (914) 761-3456 x139 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To see the full 2018 Westchester Parent Child Care Survey, click here.

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